What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You should arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to complete the necessary paperwork, which consists of a health history and informed consent forms. The therapist will ask questions pertaining to problematic areas and perform assessments and testing to evaluate the conditions present.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
Your modesty is always respected. Undress to whatever level you are most comfortable. The massage therapist will use draping methods and will only work on the part of the body that is exposed. The rest of the body will remain covered and private areas will never be exposed. This is to protect your modesty and is mandatory. Keep in mind that if you are nervous and unable to relax, it will be difficult for you to experience and enjoy the optimal benefits of the session.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
The areas being massaged depend on the modality being administered. All areas of the body, aside from private areas, can be targeted. You always have the option to ask your massage therapist to omit any part of your body from the massage for any reason.
How will my body respond to massage?
Everybody reacts to massage differently. Massage stimulates bodily functions and it is natural to experience involuntary reactions such as relaxation response, emotional release, energy shifts, and arousal. A trained professional massage therapist is sensitive to client issues and responses.
The bottom line: no matter what type of massage therapy you as a patient receive, your level of comfort and trust is most important. Communication with your therapist is essential and always encouraged. My ultimate goal as a massage therapist is to provide each and every patient with safe and effective treatment to restore health and overall wellness.